Are you often told that it looks like you’re blushing, even when you’re not? Do you have acne-like bumps and pimples? Is your skin always flushed whether you’re hot or cold? These are symptoms of rosacea – a common skin condition characterized by constant redness in the in the central portion of your face. If you suffer from rosacea, don’t worry because you’re not alone; almost 14 million Americans are affected by this skin condition. Here’s the Santa Monica Laser and Skin Care Center’s guide on how to treat it.
What Exactly Is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a common skin disorder characterized by symptoms of facial redness, broken capillaries, facial flushing coarse skin and an inflammatory eruption that appears similar to acne.
The most common symptom of rosacea is persistent redness in the central portion of the face that lasts for a minimum of three months. The redness is often accompanied by broken capillaries, flushing, and acne-like skin eruption. But the acne-like bumps with this skin condition don’t have any blackheads, unlike acne.
It’s common for patients to find the first symptoms of rosacea to be a tendency to blush or flush easily. It usually starts in the center of the face and then progresses outward to the cheeks, forehead, and chin. Over time, it becomes more persistent and more visible.
How to Treat It
Dr. Amerian and Dr. Anterasian of the Santa Monica Laser and Skin Care Center are both highly skilled in treating this skin condition. By utilizing the latest research, state-of-the-art technology and medications available, they can help patients achieve healthy skin.
The ultimate goal is to leave each patient with glowing skin by bringing inflammation, irritation, and redness under control. Everyone’s rosacea is different, so each treatment plan is highly customized to address your specific skin problems.
The Best Treatments:
• Sunscreen: This one may seem silly, but it’s crucial that rosacea patients wear sunscreen every day. Opt for a physical sunscreen (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) rather than a chemical sunscreen, as they tend to be less irritating.
• Red Light LED Treatment: The red light works wonders for this skin condition and has an anti-inflammatory effect. This treatment can reduce redness and improve the overall appearance of rosacea.
• Vbeam Perfecta Pulsed Dye Laser: The light from this laser treatment is selectively absorbed by the red blood in the face, and is then transferred to the blood vessel wall to narrow and shrink the blood vessels. Basically, it significantly reduces facial redness.
• Medications: For some people, their treatment plans need an extra boost and the right medication can do just that. Talk to your dermatologist about the best medications for helping your rosacea.
We know that redness and other symptoms of rosacea can be annoying and embarrassing. Come see us at the Santa Monica Laser and Skin Care Center, and we’ll put together a highly customized treatment plan for you. Call our office today to schedule an appointment or a FREE consultation!